RATINGS: 2155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 357   ABV: 11.9%
As a continuation of North Coast Brewing Co.s commitment to quality, our Old Stock Ale is crafted in the tradition of our critically acclaimed Pranqster Belgian Style Golden Ale and Old Rasputin Imperial Stout. Its brewed with classic floor-malted Maris Otter Pale Malt and Fuggles Hops imported from England, so its a beer to be served proudly. Like a fine wine, North Coasts Old Stock Ale is intended to be laid down. With an original gravity of over 1100 and a generous hopping rate, Old Stock Ale is well-designed to round-out and mellow with age. North Coast Brewing Co. Old Stock Ale is a vintage dated ale. We produce a small quantity each year and it remains available from release date until our stock is depleted.

pre-2006 ABV: 11.4%.
2006 vintages: 11.6% & 13.25%.
2007 vintage: 11.7%.
2008 vintage: 12.5%.
2009 vintage: 11.5%.
2010 vintage: 11.7%.
2011 vintage: 11.9%
2012 vintage: 11.7%
2013 vintage: 11.9%
2014 vintage: 11.8%
2015 vintage: 11.9%

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 14, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2006 2005 bottle. Pours a clear deep redbrown with a very thin offwhite head. Theres a lot of alcohol in the nose, but its as though the alcohol is carrying new aromas to my nose, not just fighting with the usual suspects. Huge caramel malt obviously, leather, a bit of bubble gum, and some very light floral to fruity aromas. Sudsy in the mouth, this is a beer that demands to be kept in the mouth for a good while as the alcohol warming sets in. The flavors are bolder on the tongue than I wouldve first thought, while the alcohol is an afterthought. A big sweet sticky malt backbone with creamy to floral flavors filling out hte profile. Some strong herbal, mint and maybe anise flavors sneak in. Im guessing the lingering bitterness is thanks to some forward thinking liberal hopping that must have made this a hop bomb a bit earlier on, but now provides a great backdrop for the malt and alcohol to play within. I really liked this bold barleywine. 2002 bottle (Dec. 12 2006) In many ways a different barleywine. Slightly murky redbrown with a sizeable tan to off white head, that disappears quickly. The nose is big with malt, but it doesnt smell quite so huge. Leather, some light dark fruits, especially raisin, are detectable, no hops. The palate seems a bit thin for the style, but not sudsy like the 2005 I had. Still nice, especially with the warming. The flavors are well contructed. Port like dark fruit flavors predominate. Theres malt, but its so subdued compared to the fruity flavors. Hints of molasses, but predominantly port in the finish. Theres a bit of hops that gets you towards the end of the finish and in the aftertaste, though the aftertaste is dominated by woody flavors and alcohol. But this is deifnitely one of those beers than thrives on the alcohol. Im glad I found a 4 pack of this stuff! Im giving this another point in the overall, as I really enjoyed this vintage. I hate to say it, but it tastes a tiny bit like the Sam Adams triple bock, but without the nasty aspects, so I think Ill drink this down soon!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 14, 2006
2004 Bottle. Nice rich barleywine, dark pour with almost no head. Heady cinnamon and spice aroma. Mouth has a bit too much alcohol on it, but other flavors are quite good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16760) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2006
Bottled. It has a nice, dark red color and a small beige head. No carbonation. Wonderful aroma with beef-stock, some alcohol, hops and malty sweetness. The flavor starts off quite sweet, followed by lots of hops, and then alcohol. Full, sweet body. Maybe a bit too sweet, even though there is a lot of hops in it. A beer I would like to see here in Norway, I could open a bottle, pour it in a glass, and then spend an hour or so, just smelling it. (060428)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (14455) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 9, 2006
Bottled. Rousty red with a beige head. Aroma is lacegist with malt, hop and alcohol. Flavour is roastedlaqerish, hop, and caramel. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 2005. Surprisingly carbonated. Good head, but dissipates real fast. Burgundy in color, relatively translucent. Smells a bit metallic unfortunately. Lots of alcohol in the nose, and a lot of raisins. Not as malty in flavor as I expected. Quite dry in fact. This leaves the alcohol very accessible, but its more a flavor complement than a flavor on its own. Its good, that is. But I got a feeling it wont be as the beer warms further. Almost a thin mouthfeel, the profile is quite quick and the finish brief. A nice variation from the normal malty monster that is your usual American barleywine. Yeah, this is almost English. For once to a beers advantage. as final notes, a) didnt get worse as it warmed, and b) very surprised to see the other ratings discuss hops and malts so much. my beer was very straightforward. clearly, the sum is greater than the parts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 3, 2006
2005. 12 ounce bottle coutesy of Saarlander. Poured into a snifter, very clear, garnet, with next to no head. The nose presents some toffee, toast, cherry, and mucho alcohol. Very, very malty right to the end. Then the hop bitterness cliched your tongue, then a long alcohol burn takes over. Probably should have been laid down, but I really felt like a booze bomb this evening. Thanks Aaron.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2006
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Saarlander, thanks Aaron.
pours a murky brown with one of the fastest fading heads Ive ever seen. had the classic BW malt taste with a bit of an unusual hop bite on the finish. but what seemed strange at first, I was digging by the time it was half gone. nice BW!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - APR 30, 2006
2004. Fruity nose of alcohol, brown sugar, and flowers. Pours a hazy ruddy brown. The smallish frothy beige head is fully diminishing and leaves no lace. The bold flavor is warm and slightly sweet & sour. The finish is peppery. Overall a subtle brew but a stronger alcohol presence than I generally prefer. The medium body is fizzy and feels alcoholic at the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - APR 29, 2006
Bottle labeled 2005. Very dark [pretty much brown] Very little tanish head that soon vanishes to a thin wisp around the edge of the glass, no lace. Served at a slightly cooler temp than the recomended room temperature. Very complex flavors that do rather well at this young age. Malty with a nice hop edge. There is a slight alcohol burn at the end. Surprisingly drinkable and i think it will just get better. I wonder when this finished fermenting, and then was bottled?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2430) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2014 2004 vintage September 2010. Spectacular. Rich toffee with surprising amounts of cocoa. Seems to have done just fine with 6 years in the cellar. Id go around 4.2 or 4.3 2005 vintage
April 2006 at slightly too cold a serving temperature. The beer pours a lovely red-brown, garnet with the light shining through it, a small head that fades quickly to a swirl of fine foam at the center of the glass. The aroma is candied grapefruit and a hint of toffee; the flavor is rich and complex, plenty of sweet toffee, malts that dance and engage, bits of citrus though not the heavy orange muscat we get with many barleywines, and less hop prevalence than I expected. Spices, alcohol warmth, a smooth mouthfeel that massages the tongue. Marvellous beer, and this one hasnt even aged. Im eager to see what this beer does with a few years in the cellar. Ill be laying this one down in good measure.

September 2007. The grapefruit is all but gone in the aroma; toffee and vanilla dominate the nose now. The flavor is getting very smooth, gently sweet with delightful citrus candy tones, woody in the finish, light well-integrated spices, mild smoky peat bringing a single-malt character, marvellous mouthfeel that is full-bodied and lacking any hint of the alcohol. Id dial this one in at about 8/4/9/5/17 for a 4.3 one tenth of a point above listed previously.

May 08 Cellar temperature. Toffee, spicy single-malt scotch, alcohol a bit more prominent than I remember. Still hovering around 4.3
June 09 Cellar temp. All toffee and honey, maybe starting to thin out just a bit? Actually getting kind of hot in the mouthfeel, but still very nice. More like 4.0 this time.
Dec 09Yep, on the downslide. Still darn good, though.
2006 Vintage
October 2006. Malty nose of fresh-baked whole wheat bread, drizzled with honey and topped off with orange marmalade. The flavor is sweet and candied, toffee and oranges, lots of coconut, grapefruit and ample alcohol , again not as heavy on the hops as one might have expected. This year, its gone from 11.4 to 13.2, and its just too damn hot (not to mention [ sadly my ratings were cut off here at some point ] 8/4/9/4/17 2012 tasted Feb 2014. A bit too much burnt caramel and booze. OK but not a 4.2 barleywine.

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